Fit for a king

Monday, December 17, 2007 at 3:21 PM



Not too long ago, I put out a call-to-action on the Google SketchUp blog asking creative modelers to design a sleigh fit for my Santa and his reindeer. Well, I've been keeping an eye on the sleigh-hosting 3D Warehouse collection, and I see that many of you have come through with some impressive designs!

One model in particular caught my eye: a sleigh fit for a king -- literally! SketchUp enthusiast Varchitektur.de has submitted a model of a sleigh used by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Rumor has it that this eccentric king traveled in elaborate coaches and sleighs around Neuschwanstein Castle, often in historic costume. Further investigation into the king and his castle led me to some interesting trivia, including the fact that Neuschweinstein was used as inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. A sleigh fit for King Ludwig II and Walt Disney?! Surely, Santa can't complain.

And finally, I'm happy to let you know that the submission deadline has been extended to December 31st, so keep those sleighs coming through the end of the year.